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Grease (1978)

PG-13  |   |  Musical, Romance  |  16 June 1978 (USA)
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Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?



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A musical about teens in love in the 50's! It's California, 1959 and greaser Danny Zuko and Australian Sandy Olsson are in love. They spend time at the beach, but when they go back to school, what either of them don't know is that they both now attend Rydell High. Danny's the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black-jacket greasers while Sandy hangs with the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls led by Rizzo. When they clash at Rydell's first pep rally, Danny isn't the same Danny at the beach. They try to be like each other so they can be together. Written by Alex Schultz <NedSDeclassified2967>

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Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including references, teen smoking and drinking, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 June 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Briljantin  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,705,463 (USA) (27 March 1998)


£3,989,870 (UK) (14 August 1998)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(re-release) (1998)| (re-release) (1998)| (35 mm prints) (original release)| (70 mm prints) (original release)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1978, Grease grossed just under $160 million domestically, more than other renowned movies that year such as Superman, Animal House or Halloween. To date, Grease has grossed a domestic total of $188,755,690 and a worldwide total of $394,955,690. But Grease accomplished it all on a budget of just $6 million. It also became the highest-earning musical of all time. The second highest-grosser is Chicago. See more »


Frenchey makes a comical reference to the old advertising slogan "the heartbreak of psoriasis" years before the phrase was actually introduced in a 1964 Tegrin ad campaign. See more »


[first lines]
Sandy: I'm going back to Australia; I might never see you again.
Danny: Don't... don't talk that way, Sandy.
Sandy: But it's true! I've just had the best summer of my life, and now I have to go away. It isn't fair.
[Danny starts kissing her]
Sandy: Danny, don't spoil it!
Danny: It's not spoiling it, Sandy, it's only making it better.
Sandy: Danny... is this the end?
Danny: Of course not; it's only the beginning.
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Crazy Credits

The beginning credits show the main characters in cartoon form. See more »


Referenced in Miranda: The New Me (2010) See more »


Tears on My Pillow
Written by Sylvester Bradford (as S. Bradford) and Al Lewis (as A. Lewis)
Sung by Sha-Na-Na
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User Reviews

This movie is the best..... a true classic
26 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Since I am still just a teen, I know that many others might say I am not one to criticize a movie, and in most cases I might disagree, but with this movie... what is there to criticize? The atmosphere of the movie, the charisma of the actors, the addiction to the awesome songs in it, even the what could have been outdated costumes instantly became a Halloween fave... I myself dressed up as "new" Sandy when I was little... and I still wish I could have been in the movie. I admit, the sequel to it seemed horrible to me after watching the original, and I wished they had kept all of the original actors, and well, not tried to even make the sequel, but, well a movie like that can only be made once I suppose. Anyways, I just want to give my props and admiration to all of the directors, actors, and others who helped with this movie, (being an ITS member myself and LOVING acting) I think that anyone who has not seen this movie needs to go right to the store and find it.... otherwise they really missed out. :)Thanks for reading this, hope you agree!

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